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In high school, I experienced a lot of family issues. In an attempt to escape family problems and the pressure I experienced from peers, school and life itself, I turned to drugs. At one point, my drug habit turned into a night full of suicidal thoughts. I stayed up all night just thinking about life and how much I needed God. I knew the path I was going down was not one God wanted for me.

The following morning I asked my mom if she was going to a prayer meeting and if I could come with her. At the prayer meeting, I met a woman who said she had a dream that I was going to be there that day, and that I was going to come to give my life to the Lord. Indeed that was exactly what I came for. She prayed over me as I prayed in my heart to give my life to Christ. Tears of both joy and remorse ran down my face as I came to the realization that I was a sinner and that Jesus died for me! I began letting go of a lot of old friends as God allowed me to see how some relationships weren’t beneficial.

When it came time for me to go away to college I prayed that God would lead me to a church that would help me grow spiritually. In the fall of 2015, I met Chris. He invited me to church. I was amazed by the number of young people like myself who were worshiping the Lord. Chris and I met for Bible studies every week and in each one I learned new characteristics of the Lord. Since then, I have learned how to study the Bible deeply, and live out my faith. As a result, Christ has shown me how to overcome old, negative mindsets, and understand His heart for people. Ultimately, God doesn’t want anyone to perish, according to 2 Peter 3:9.

I used to be timid when it came to sharing the good news with people, but many people from the church helped me and encouraged me to pray and break free from the shackles of fear. I’m currently serving for the glory of God as a member of the church’s usher team and as a Bible Study Leader. Without a doubt in my mind, I know Cornerstone was an answered prayer.

~ Jude

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